The SEA has endorsed Mike Cryans as its Executive Council candidate of choice in the special election in Executive Council District One taking place on March 11. This special election is to determine who will succeed NH icon and longtime Councilor, Ray Burton.
Cryans served alongside the late Ray Burton on the Grafton County Commission, where the two developed a close friendship in the 16 years they served together on the commission.
“I like the relationship we had, because it was a Democrat and a Republican who proved that party lines don’t always make the difference,” Cryans told SEA members at a meeting last month. “A lot of times, it’s how you view things. Our view was to get things done.”
Through his work as a Grafton County Commissioner, Cryans has a successful history of completing projects that invest in the local economy and create jobs. His priorities as a member of the Executive Council are protecting taxpayers’ interests, investing in the state’s economy and strengthening the middle class.
“Mike has demonstrated the commitment the people of district one deserve and we are proud to support his candidacy,” SEA President Diana Lacey said.
Cryans, a father of two, said he’s spent most of his life, except for his college years, living in Council District One, which encompasses the northernmost two-thirds of the state – everything north of Claremont to the west and Milton to the east. He currently lives in Hanover with his wife and youngest son.
Cryans said he’s driven to do well, something that will serve him well if he’s elected. At a meeting of the SEA Political Education committee, Cryans told members, “I’m not trying to fill Ray Burton’s shoes, I’m just trying to do the best I can do,” he said. “I will try to do the very best I can if I’m elected.”
“I am confident that Mike Cryans will continue to advocate for residents of this district,” said SEA member Cheryl Towne who resides and works in Executive Council District One. “I work at Glencliff Home. I’m confident that Mike Cryans will continue to remember the good work done at our facility and that he will represent the ‘little guys,’ like me. His dad was a union carpenter who taught him the value of hard work and the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity. I think he will not forget his constituents who are ‘the little guy.’ I don’t think he will cave to special interest groups – he’ll do what’s right for his district.”
The SEA encourages all District residents to vote in the special election being held on March 11.